Traditional Filipino Fabrics Inspired the Italian Design of This Ultra-Luxe BGC Residence
Filipino fabrics are, in essence, homegrown art. They are testaments to our roots, our heritage, our culture. But for a long time, our indigenous fabrics and patterns were largely neglected by mainstream popular culture. Thankfully, recent years have seen more and more recognition for our fabrics as well as their cultural value. Local artists and designers have done well to champion them, and today, there are many testaments to their resurgence.
One such testament looks to stand tall and proud, also a champion, in its own way, of Filipino heritage: a new ultra-luxury residential development by Shang Robinsons Properties Inc.—a joint venture between Shang Properties, Inc. and Robinsons Land Corporation—called Aurelia Residences.
At the hands of elite Italian designer Francesca Muzio of FM Architettura D’Interni, who collaborated with Brian Lee of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, Aurelia Residences uses Italian craftsmanship to bring the best of Filipino culture and taste to the forefront of this up-and-coming high-rise. Here, our culture is embedded into every detail. Specifically, it's inspired by three Filipino elements.
Emphasis on elegance
The first element is the Filipino woman: elegant, warm, beautiful. Aurelia Residences captures these traits in all its 285 bespoke rooms. The Filipina and her distinct characteristics inspired Aurelia Residences' designers, who made sure that style and comfort come hand-in-hand. They were also guided by the concept of a Filipino mother as the light of a household, keeping in mind that culturally, home is a space for peace.
Woven to perfection
Filipino fabrics are the second element that inspired Aurelia Residences' design. Taking cues from the traditional Barong Tagalog, Aurelia Residences bears a light, subdued color scheme, and is particular about every details, every stitch.
The traditional barong is made using local fabrics, and is notable for its delicate patterns and fragile appearance. Its dignified appearance is the result of its elegant fabric variations, which include the prized piña fabric and the handwoven banana fabric, both of which are loomed by local weavers from the fruits of the land.
Aurelia Residences mirrors Filipino fabrics with its light, warm color palette and its textured materials that draw from the earth to create something stylish and beautiful.
A sanctuary in the city
Unlike cramped apartment complexes that dot the city, Aurelia Residences’ open, airy spaces create a resort-like experience that make you forget you’re living in the bustling city. Like a countryside villa or a house on the beach, Aurelia Residences is a sanctuary—one designed to block the chaos of the city from disrupting the harmony of the residence. This is the third Filipino element that inspired this exquisite residential development: the Filipino villa.
The stunning Metro Manila skyline stands in for an ocean view. From Aurelia Residences, residents get to see the city through wide glass balconies, as if looking out at the sea. Aurelia Residences’s tropical outdoor podium provides another sanctuary within a sanctuary, with its lush grass and poolside coconut trees.